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20 Things On Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Ray-Ban to Adidas

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Christmas is just a week away, and lots of shipping times are taking a little longer than usual. But even if you’ve put off shopping for gifts until the last minute (which, to be clear, is now), we found lots of good deals on lots of very giftable things, many of which should ship by December 25. But if you like what you see, don’t dillydally — and if you want more last-minute gifting updates, be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter.

Take an extra 10 percent off hundreds of already-on-sale shoes, clothing, and accessories at Zappos — including these insulated, space-age-y Hunter snow boots.

If you, too, want to cover your body in checkerboard print, here are some fun slip-on Vans.

Some go-with-anything Supergas for just $30 in a winter-friendly black and white.

Here’s a nice stocking stuffer for the person who’s over their Carhartt beanie.

For the man who’s jealous of his wife’s or girlfriend’s teddy-bear coat: Here’s a very cozy teddy-bear hoodie, complete with a hood and a kangaroo pocket.

A classic pair of Ray-Bans that would look equally stylish in winter and summer.

If they want to dabble in smart-home tech, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, this Amazon Echo Dot is still a nice gift.


Whether you’re partial to smoothies or margaritas (or both, we won’t judge), this blender will get it done.

We’ve featured this brand in our roundup of the best gifts for 6-year-olds, and this math exploration set will turn a kid’s screen time into an actually sort-of-educational activity.

A jewel-toned puffer to zhuzh up the dead of winter from Nordstrom for under $50. (It’s also available in royal blue, hot pink, and even some surprisingly tasteful rainbow stripes.)

These classic Stan Smiths have some serious staying power — and at 40 percent off, there’s no better time to grab a pair.

These joggers — which are also available in heather gray, navy, and light pink — are made of supersoft rayon and have extra-large pockets.

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If you’ve gotten into bouldering, boating, or YouTube-ing in quarantine, capture your outdoor adventures with this GoPro (which is the cheapest it’s ever been at Best Buy).

Last week, we rounded up the best Animal Crossing merch. Now, we can add this bundle of the game itself and a stocking featuring animated overlord Tom Nook to the list.

These debonair socks — featuring the classic Polo bear in a suit — will dress up any outfit, even if it’s just a pair of gray sweatpants.

This puzzle, with its array of icy blues, will be a wintry challenge for the avid puzzler in your life.

Bala Weighted Bangle Set

These weights, which we termed “the breakout stars of quarantine workouts,” will let you channel your inner ’80s Jane Fonda at a nice discount. These weights, and everything from Anthropologie, won’t ship until after the holidays. But they’re great if you’re searching for something to look forward to in 2021.


This petite toy — which we recommended as one of the best vibrators for couples — is a gift to your partner and yourself. But if you want it to arrive by Christmas, you should order it today.

Take 30 percent off everything at Anthropologie, including this Briogeo hair mask that our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton describes as one of her favorite hair masks, especially “if you’re a bleach victim, or just have perennially, annoyingly dry hair.”

We’ve called this sculptural stone oil diffuser a great gift for therapists, for insomniacs, and even for people going through a breakup — but it’d make a nice gift for just about anyone who’s had a tough year.

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

20 Things On Sale You’ll Want to Buy: From Ray-Ban to Adidas